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Program Offers to Help Find Homes for Pets who Outlive Their Owners

Over the years I have heard many elderly or ill people express concerns about their pet's ultimate fate. Some worry that their pet may become...

Dr. Eric Barchas  |  Aug 1st 2010


Over the years I have heard many elderly or ill people express concerns about their pet’s ultimate fate. Some worry that their pet may become homeless. Others are reluctant to adopt a pet due to fears about what the future holds.

It’s a morbid subject, but it is a fact of life. Pet custody should be a part of everyone’s estate planning.

Enter the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (my alma mater). The school has started a program to help the school while helping people who worry that their pets will outlive them.

Participants in the Tender Loving Care for Pets Program make a donation to the school and pay an enrollment fee. In return, the program guarantees lifetime veterinary services for any enrolled pet that is predeceased by its owner. More important, it guarantees that a loving home will be found.

The donation, of course, goes to a good cause.

The Summer, 2010 UC Davis Veterinary Medicine News reports that the program recently found a home for its first enrolled animal.

To learn more about the program, click the following link:

http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/ccah/tlc/default.cfm